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Telus and IEEE launch competition to challenge emerging technical minds

Telus Communications Inc. and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) are encouraging Canada's...

June 8, 2005  

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Telus Communications Inc. and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) are encouraging Canada’s emerging technical minds with the initiation of a new annual contest which features $20,000 in cash prizes and an opportunity to present their projects to a panel of industrial, academic, and media experts.

The IEEE TELUS Innovation Award invites IEEE Canada student members in their final year of an engineering or technology program at a Canadian undergraduate institution to submit a significant Information Computing and
Telecommunication (ICT) Technologies project for which they are receiving an education credit.

“IEEE student members are excited about this competition,” says Bill Kennedy, president of IEEE Canada. “It will give them an opportunity to test their ideas against each other.”

Individuals or teams of up to five students can submit projects to their IEEE student group for initial judging.

Each branch can then send two projects to regional competitions in eastern, central, and western Canada. Three finalists will be selected from each region and will face off in the national competition in Vancouver next September, sponsored by Telus.

Teams will present their projects in writing and verbally to a panel of experts.

“Canadian researchers continue to make significant contributions to advances in electronics, computing and communications technology,” says Ibrahim Gedeon, Telus’ chief technology officer.

“Telus wants to play an important role in encouraging and supporting the development of young researchers.”

The judges are looking for projects with strong design and research components that embody the spirit of innovation and have a realistic chance of being applied in industry in the near future.

Telus will pay travel costs of the teams attending the national competition in Vancouver and will grant the winning team a cash prize.

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